Owner of Metro Wines

Red Blend Class


with Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
November 21st from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines

What is this all about? 
Is there a plan or winemaker scoops up leftovers and makes a bottle?
Can any grapes be blended together? Why do it?

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$20 for tasting and presentation (and a really good time) 
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HOMS Cinsault

We scored again!

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So this wine is 100% Cinsault. You know this grape. Yes you do!
Cinsualt is the foundation for most Rose' from Provence. But you rarely see a bottle of 100% Cinsualt Red. The truth is that much like Tannat and Cabernet Franc,
when you produce a bottle that has only one varietal, you better be right
because you can go so very wrong. HOMS gets it right.
Again, the entire staff tasted this bottle and love it. A lighter red,
this bottle would sit well on your Thanksgiving table. Flavorful yet versatile,
a wine that will complement and not overwhelm food flavors.

Teaching Moment: From Jancis Robinson:
Also spelled as Cinsaut. Widely planted throughout southern France
and Corsica. With its lighter skins and soft perfume it is particularly suitable
for rosés and fruity, early-drinking reds, although low yields are needed
to eke out much flavour. It has the advantage over 
Grenache of being easy
to pick by machine. Cinsault is used to add perfume and fruit to wines such as Minervois and Corbières. The variety withstands drought well and has been important in North Africa, Lebanon, Israel and South Africa where it is most famous as a parent of 
Pinotage. In southern Italy it is known as Ottavianello.

But Where Can I find it?
Vivino says again: "Vivino doesn’t sell this wine.
Also, we searched other online shops, but couldn’t find it for sale anywhere."

(Vivino is looking for love in all the wrong places!)
$18.99 and on the shelf @MetroWines!

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HOMS Chardonnay

Homs 2018 Chardonnay

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This wine is all over Europe and hugely popular
but very HARD to find, if you even can, in USA.

"Vivino doesn’t sell this wine. Also, we searched other online shops, 
but couldn’t find it for sale anywhere."

Because of Euro domination, notes and reviews are in foreign languages!
Ce Chardonnay est un vin séducteur qui distille de subtils arômes minéraux et floraux. La bouche est gourmande, tendre et justement équilibrée. Sa finale, d’une belle fraîcheur, s’achève sur une agréable sensation de légèreté.

OK. I don't know what that says. But what I do know is that the entire staff
tasted this wine and we though it was lovely. We thought HOMS Chardonnay
would please palates that prefer heavy oak to no oak at all.
All this for $16.99 @MetroWines

Still not sure? Wine Searcher lists Best Chardonnays in the World:
That's Ok. We know you had to look. I did too. Back to Planet Earth.
Operators are standing by @MetroWines to help you with HOMS!

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BIG RED of the WEEK#2
*** Portugal ***

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From a woman wine maker, an elegant Dao made
from 80% Touriga Nacional, with Jaen,
Tinta Roriz, and others making up the balance.
The wine smells like summer blackberries at the roadside,
and opens with vanilla (due to time in oak), then gives flavors of dried fig,
blackberry, and a cocoa-date finish. Rich but not heavy.

Not available at Vivino or anywhere they searched.
Available in Canada, Ireland and Russia!
oh yeah, and MetroWines! 


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Big RED of the Week
*** Lodi ***

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A powerhouse collaboration between proprietor Gus Kalaris
and winemaker Bob Egelhoff, Axios is a super premium Cabernet Sauvignon
of Napa Valley "cult" status.  Axios, meaning worthy in Greek,
reflects Gus' vision to craft a wine of Bordeaux influence that represents
the richness of its' Napa Valley origin. $19.99

"This is an amazing bottle for the price. Rich. Complex. Napa!"
   John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine

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Wine in the Times of Tariffs

From The Wine Tariff Department @MetroWines

*** Wine In the Time of Tariffs ***

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The Wine Tariffs take aim at France, Germany and Spain.
but NOT NOT NO wine from Italy!
@MetroWines, sales of wines from Italy
have always exceeded each of these other countries.

Might be a good time to find out WHY!
And This One is a Good Place to Start:

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The 2017 is a blend of 55% Corvina, 30% Rondinella
and 15% Molinara from Campiano, Veneto, Italy. $18.99 

Plum bouquet with mild tannin, touch of charcoal, raspberry and plum.
Tart on first day. If you prefer smoother palate, wait a day!

Tariffs Be Damned!

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Viognier for Thanksgiving

Viognier for Thanksgiving!
Why Not?


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Gina Trippi of The Asheville School of Wine for the Laurel of Asheville

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Broadway Joe Namath


Dear Joe Namath,
Joe. Joe. Joe. I have hesitated to write this letter because I know so many will disagree. Heck, you will probably disagree with me! But Joe, this morning I hit bottom. Couldn't take it anymore.
I am packing to go home to New Orleans for a Saints Game at the Dome! Baby! Going to see Alvin Kamara. OMG. Fuh real. So, I am thinking football. And then, there you are...in a cheesy commerical.
Joe, you weren't just a football player. You WERE Broadway Joe Namath! The white shoes! The fur coat! The hat! You were photographed with every body. Even Raquel Welch. You were interviewed by everybody. Even Johnny Carson! You WERE Broadway Joe Namath. One of a kind.
You need to deep six the Medicare commercials. Damn, Joe, if you need a ride or a meal, I am pretty sure we can arrange it for you. And I understand that these are great services that many people need, but can't you leave the push to some other guy like you used to do Joe? Some offensive lineman? Somebody we don't know. Somebody who was not Broadway Joe Namath!
And I know things have changed. Heck, Joe, I was shocked to find out that my cell phone "is my ticket to the game." Had to have someone way younger set it up for me. And who knew you need an NFL increased security "Stadium Bag." The alternative is putting your cheap cosmetics in a see through bag for the entire SuperDome to see. I get it, Joe, I do.
But you just cannot do Medicare commercials. You just can't. You ARE Broadway Joe Namath and you always will be.


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All Champagne Dinner at Celine&Co.

News Release: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

About: All Champagne Dinner at Celine &Co. 
with MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution
Please join MetroWines and Grapevine Distribution at Celine&Company "on Broadway" on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 6:30 for an All Champagne Dinner.
Executive Chef Austin Tisdale, and Owner and Operator Kim Lloyd have designed an innovative menu to pair with Sparkling Wines from Grapevine Distribution in collaboration with MetroWines.
"This is a most elegant way to say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Is it indulgent, yes, but you are worth it!"


Small Bites

Duck Prosciutto “Purse”, Seared Scallop and Roasted Mango Golden Potato Chips, Chive Crème Fraiche, Caviar Pecan Cracker, Foie Gras Butter, Cranberry Jam

NV Pierre Legras Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru, Chouilly, FR

First Course

Tempura Trio
Buttery Lobster... Drawn Butter, Smoked Sea Salt
Exotic Trumpet Mushroom... Sweet and Sour Mountain Honey Soy Dipping Sauce Manchester Farms Quail Knot... Spicy Carolina Dredge

NV Drappier Carte d’Or, Urville, FR

Second Course

Pan Seared Sunburst Farms Smoked Trout Cake Classic Sauce Vierge, Zesty Mustard Greens

NV Charles de Cazanove Rose, Reims, FR


Steak Au Poivre, Green & Pink Peppercorns, Classic Pan Sauce Fresh Fettuccine Tangle with Carrot Pesto

2007 Charles de Cazanove, Reims, FR

Sweet Ending

Pine Nut Tart, Blood Orange Curd, Rosemary Infused Chantilly Cream

Continue to sip your favorites!

Cost: $129 inclusive of tax and gratuity. 

Reserve your seat by calling (828) 254-9902. The last collaborative dinner with Celine&Company seated fifty guests. Don't be left out. Please make your reservations early. 

And as always, if you are concerned about downtown parking, please park in the lot at MetroWines and ride share.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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What Wine Goes IN a Villa?

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100% Syrah fermented in stainless steel and aged in small barrels. Deep ruby in glass, intense aromatics of blueberry, plum, cherry and spicy notes. Warm and soft with round tannins, this wine is powerful yet delicate. Ciacci Piccolmini is one of the most sought-after producers in Montalcino.
The vineyard is organically farmed. Limited Distribution: $26.

Frizzante!  The word means only slightly sparkling.
"Generalising a bit, you could say frizzanti are a good choice when you want a joyful, quintessentially Italian, democratically priced wine that you can cheerfully polish off a bottle," said Baudains of Decanter.
Read more at https://www.decanter.com/learn/frizzante-it-44392/#YS8IOi2PvcFrViUK.99

 Meanwhile ........

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Meanwhile, 10 years in the making, Leonardo is all the rage at Louvre!

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Klinker Brick at Focus Group

Asheville Wine Focus Group

Wednesday, November 13th from 5:30 to 6:30

You are probably saying that Klinker Brick is already in the store. The problem is that we had 5 different bottles from the winery, we have narrowed the field to two varietals.

So, the question is: do we bring them back?

And, BTW, all of these wines are screaming Thanksgiving. PUT ME IN COACH !

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Agnes Cremant

* Tips for What To Do if You Inherit Artwork *

All great suggestions, but WSJ forgot the Big One!

**** Sparkling ****

But wait, YOU are still frugal. You want Champagne but, despite your lucky break, you want value. We get that. Easy. Cremant!

Agnes Cuvee Cremant, Joillot,
Hard to find:  $39.

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Sparkling Wine from Burgundy. 
Produced with traditional grapes (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) used to make true Champagnes.
And made in the traditional Methode Campenoise. 
Aged at least 18 months on lees, more than most entry-level Champagnes! In fact, in blind taste tests, people choose this Cremant over many famous Champagnes. It’s like a true Champagne at half the cost!
Tasting Notes: Nice pinpoint bubbles. Big creamy mousse, with bright citrus and apple fruit. Clean and refreshing. Terrific value!
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Give Back with Purple Cowboy


This is the time of year when we look to wineries that *** Give Back ***
That said, our BIG RED this week
is Purple Cowboy! 
Every year, Purple Cowboy does a Paso Robles Blend to battle breast cancer and support research.

"A rich, full-bodied wine with aromas of crushed red berries and cherries, notes of cola and cinnamon, and a hint of earthiness. Berry flavors explode in the mouth with cinnamon and cassis in the mid-palate leading to slight cocoa powder tannins on the finish."

$12.99 at Vivino. $13.99 at wine.com.  $14.97 at Wine Chateau.
*** $11.99 @MetroWines ***
So, now it's math. Could be that the "portion of the proceeds"
at a higher price will outweigh the take from quantity sales.
But logic and experience says shoppers will choose the lower price and buy more.

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Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla. Tastes Like: Dark red with hints of purple. Aromas of ripe plum, cherry and cassis are accented with cola and vanilla.
Again, $13.99 at wine.com. $11.99 @MetroWines!

Purple Cowboy creator and Wine Sisterhood founder, Terry Wheatley, is a breast cancer survivor and the Purple Cowboy wines she created have long given back to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.
Terry co-founded Tough Enough To Wear Pink in 2004 with the idea that cowboys would wear pink at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on one night of the competition to raise awareness. The idea took off and Tough Enough To Wear Pink is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2018. To date, $26 million has been raised at rodeos and western events to support families facing breast cancer,
early detection and research. The goal is $50 million by the 20th anniversary. A portion of the sale of each bottle goes to Tough Enough To Wear Pink.

*** GIVE BACK ***

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Ridge Dinner at Bone and Broth

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Ridge Vineyards Dinner at Bone and Broth
and Chef Chris Benson
Wednesday, December 4th, $70 ALL IN

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Reserve Your Seat or Give Dinner as a Gift

*** Start the Holidays ***

Call (828) 575-9525 or online:
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Blind Tasting League: December 19

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Monday, October 28th

About: Blind Tasting League @MetroWines
Blind Tasting League convenes on Thursday, December19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wines @MetroWines, takes you through the process of deductive reasoning, in a fun and informative way, to determine what's in your glass.
"We are investigating higher end wines and delving into more detail in this series of classes," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "This would be a fun event not only for you but also for guests in town for the holidays!"
$20 including tax for the tasting and presentation.
Call to reserve your seat at (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/blind-tasting-league-december-19/
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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PicPoul and VanGogh

"Picpoul and Van Gogh"

This is a stream of consciousness piece on my most excellent but quick trip
to Columbia Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, to see
"Van Gogh and His Inspirations"
Wine once again weaves its way into the fabric of art.


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Red Blend Tasting and Class

*** But Wait, There's MORE ***

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Hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
Thursday, November 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
Seated. Wines Paired with Small Bites

"Because of their versatility, Red Blends are perfect for holiday gatherings
with lots of guests and as many palate preferences!"

                     Gina Trippi, The Asheville School of Wine

$20 plus tax. Reserve by calling (828) 575-9525
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Port, Sherry and Vermouth

*** MORE JUST IN ***
(It just keeps coming!)

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Class on Port, Sherry, Madeira and Vermouth
with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine

Tuesday, November 19th
5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines


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Neyers @MetroWines with Laurence Vuelta

*** THIS JUST IN ***
Neyers Vineyards Thanksgiving Tasting
Thursday, November 14th 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines

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After a HUGELY Successful Neyers Vineyards Tasting Earlier in the Year,
We have Invited Neyers Back to Present Their Wines for Thanksgiving.

Laurence Vuelta will Present the Wines!
And You know what we say here @MetroWines:
"If you have not been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta,
you have NOT been to a wine tasting!"

More: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-

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Venge Magnum Scout's Honor Tasting

News Release: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

About: Venge Scout's Honor Magnum Tasting!
Join us this Saturday, October 26th from 10 am to 7pm @MetroWines and we open and pour to taste Magnums of Venge Scout's Honor "on the house" all day! All Magnums will be event priced. 
"A magnum of wine, particularly a high quality bottle like Scout's Honor makes a unique gift," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You will certainly set yourself apart!" 

Winemaker's Notes: 

"This vintage has a gorgeous, concentrated assemblage of aromas of stone fruits, crushed blue herbs, violets, cherry, anise, and a touch of honeysuckle. On the palate is pure richness from the old-vine Zinfandel with loads of super-ripe blackberry, pepper spice, and an enveloping masculinity of char and tannins from the Syrah, Charbono and Petite Sirah. A seamless balance and mouth coating deliciousness are found throughout the palate, with an extra long finish with a touch of barrel tannin at the end. 2015 Scout’s Honor is certainly a generous mouthful of red wine that we recommend be opened and enjoyed immediately upon release. Cellared correctly it will age for 5 to 8 years."

About Venge:
The Venge (ven-ghee) family has farmed vitis vinifera varieties in Napa Valley for nearly half a century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge emigrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud's son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per's son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960's with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family name as an icon in the winegrowing community.

The family's viticultural roots flourished in 1976 with the purchase of a 17-acre vineyard in the Oakville District that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This fortunate development cast the family among the winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley.

Nils' and Dianna Venge's son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build on the family legacy. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards. Today, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, focusing on select vineyard sites that produce fruit worthy of bearing the Venge family name.

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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